Help with releif of an ulcer?!
Question: Help with releif of an ulcer?
Well, you don't know that it's an ulcer. That's the fly in the ointment. The doctors thought the problem was lower down for a reason. Hm...My honest opinion? Have him quit smoking - I know, I know, I'm a former smoker myself, however, I had no idea that I was even having heartburn until it stopped several months after I quit. Yes, I'm serious.
As far as probiotics, I would look for a food in the dairy case called "Kefir" it has several species of bacteria that survive stomach acid. Drink a shot sized glass of that a couple times a day. That's the best probiotic there is, IMO. Most pills get digested by hydrochloric acid no different than a meal.
You can try DGL - just be sure that it is a lozenge, otherwise it is worthless. I would check out puritans pride and iherb.com, those two seem to have the best prices.
Americans deserve healthcare....breaks my heart.
You can take the probiotic with Prevacid. And you are smart to have him take the Prevacid for only 14 days. The Prevacid shuts down the acid pumps in the stomach, taking it long term can cause food to just sit in the stomach, not getting digested, just fermenting, ugh. Once he is off the Prevacid you should look into getting him onto an amino acid called L-Glutamine and some digestive enzymes. Anabolic laboratories is a vitamin company that carries these. This vitamin line is carried by Chiropractors, MDs, and other health care providers. And then there is the obvious, quit smoking, eat a healthy diet of fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, very few grains. Good luck!